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Lisa Michelle posting in The Stargate SG-1 Unending Fanwork Challenge
User: sg1_unending (posted by lmichelle599)
Date: 2008-01-27 16:41
Subject: "Phantasmagoria" post-ep Unending, angst, PG
Security: Public
Music:Jack Johnson
Category: Daniel/Vala angst
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Unending
Summary: Uncovered memories.
Author's Note: Phantasmagoria - noun. A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.

"Phantasmagoria" (1/1)
by Lisa Michelle

Vala walked into Daniel's office, took a seat on a stool at the
table opposite him. She sighed and put her head in her hands.

Daniel looked up from his work. "Are you still trying to get
Teal'c to tell you what happened on the ship?"

Vala picked her head up. "Yes, and it's useless. He won't budge.
I've tried bribery, alcohol -"

"Teal'c doesn't drink," he told her.

"Well, I know that now," she replied.

"You're just going to have to let it go." Daniel turned back to
his work. "Besides, there's more important things to be concerned

Vala got up from the stool. "I know, but I'm still dying to know
what happened. There had to be something juicy after that length
of time."

"I doubt it."

"Oh, you're no fun." She waved her hand in a dismissive gesture
and left his office.

That night Vala had a vivid dream. A dream about the ship. She
and Daniel had been opening Christmas presents while she sat
on his lap. It all had seemed so real. Real enough that the dream
stayed in her thoughts the whole day.

Vala was ready to dismiss it as just a dream, but each night
she had another dream. They all involved Daniel. Sometimes the
rest of the team was there, but more than likely it was just she and

They were lovers in these dreams. There was no doubt about it.
It was getting so that she couldn't wait to go to bed. These dreams
were much better than her current reality. Sitting across from Daniel
at the breakfast table with the rest of the team couldn't compare to
making love with him all night in her dreams. He even caught her
looking at him a couple of times, but she usually covered is up as
daydreaming or thinking about her next shopping trip to the mall.

Vala thought about going to Teal'c and telling him all about
her dreams, but then many were intimate and she didn't want
to share them with anyone. She wanted to uncover the memories
and feel the emotions firsthand, not be told by someone else what
had happened to her. Besides, he wouldn't know the intimate
details of the relationship she and Daniel had had on the ship.

She'd convinced herself these were uncovered memories.
They had to be. Somehow she was remembering what happened
to her on the Odyssey. For some reason, she was the only one.
Vala had thought about bringing it up to the rest of the team, but
they'd probably think she had gone crazy. Wonko.

Maybe she was. Vala got a journal and started writing down
all the memories she'd had from the beginning and added to it each
morning. Pretty soon it was almost full.

Vala knocked on the door to Daniel's quarters. It was late.
Probably too late, but she decided to tell Daniel and wanted
to do it while she worked up the courage.

Daniel opened the door. "Well, you're dressed, so I guess
that's a good sign you don't have an agenda."

She smiled, remembering one memory and how Daniel had liked
it when she wore very little clothing. "Can I talk to you?"

He looked at his watch. "It's late, Vala."

"I know, but it's important," she told him and walked inside
without waiting for his answer.

Daniel shut the door, turned around and crossed his arms over
his chest. "What?"

"Remember when I told you I tried to get Teal'c to tell me
what happened on the ship?" she said.

"Not this again," Daniel said. "He's not going to tell you, so
just stop wasting your time."

"I know," she replied. "I haven't asked him anything else."


Vala sat down on the edge of Daniel's bed. "Because I haven't
needed to. I've started to remember on my own."

"Vala, C'mon -"

"I've been having these dreams and I know what happened on
the ship," she told him "You and I -"

"That's all they are. Dreams." He closed a book on his desk.

She shook her head. "They're more than that. They are uncovered
memories. I'm sure of it."

"Have you been on the Internet again reading up on psychology?"
he asked.

Vala stood up. "No, Daniel. They are actual memories of what
happened to us."

Daniel turned to face her. "Us?"

She nodded. "Yes. We were lovers. It happened about three
months into the mission -"

"Vala, are you listening to yourself? You can't remember something
that didn't happen." He sighed, took off his glasses and rubbed his
eyes. "It's late and I want to go to bed."

She stepped closer to him and touched his arm. "Listen to me."

He pulled away and put his glasses back on. "I have to admit this
is a new way of you trying to get me into bed."

Vala dropped her arms to her sides. "This isn't about sex, Daniel.
It's about a relationship."

"Isn't everything about sex to you?" he said.

"You said something like that in one of memories."

He smiled. "Good, then I guess I'm the same person in your
dreams as I am out of them."

She crossed her arms over her chest. "This isn't funny."

"Yes, it is," he said. "I can't even imagine what a relationship
with you would -"

Vala covered her ears. "Don't finish that sentence. You're not
going to hurt me again." She headed to the door.

"Vala, wait -"

She turned back to him with her hand poised over the doorknob.
"I like the Daniel better in my dreams. He was much nicer and he
slept with his arm around me every night."

Vala barely spoke to Daniel the next two days after the argument
they had in his quarters. She continued to have the dreams, but they
started to become an annoyance to her.

If she and Daniel weren't going to have a relationship, then
these dreams were just torture for her. How many more would
there be? Fifty or sixty years could yield many memories.

Vala couldn't make Daniel love her. However, it was hard
since she was already in love with him.


"Vala, stop," Daniel said as he caught up to her in the hallway.
"Shouldn't you be headed to the infirmary?"

Vala turned to face him. "Why? It was just a zat blast. It
wasn't like I was really shot." She looked down at her uniform.
"See. No bullet holes."

"This isn't funny," he told her. "You were distracted. And
I think I know why." He lowered his voice since they were in the
hallway within earshot of others.

"Here it comes." She pushed some hair that came free of her
ponytail behind one ear.

"You need to stay focused on the mission and not think about
your dreams," he said. "I'm serious, Vala."

"Yes, I know, Daniel. I'm the screw up. It's not like I haven't
heard that before," she said. "Can I go now? Is the lecture over,

"I knew you were distracted. I could tell by the way you looked."
Daniel shoved his hands in his pockets.

"So you were checking me out?" Vala said. "Maybe you were
daydreaming a bit as well, darling." Vala stepped closer to him and
lowered her voice a little. "Do you want to know what we did on
the ship together?"

"Fine, don't go to the infirmary," he said. "I don't care." He turned
and walked in the opposite direction.

"But you do, Daniel. You do." Vala sighed. "If only you could
remember, too."

Vala worked on her laptop in Daniel's office. She was trying to
keep her mind on her report. It had been a week since their
confrontation in the hallway. She couldn't remember how long it
had been since the dreams had started. She had almost two notebooks
filled now. It was like living two lives.

Could she choose the other life? Was that possible?

Daniel walked into this office. Vala turned and looked at him.
"I'll leave. I was just working on my report, but -"

"You can stay." He went over to his desk and sat down.

"It's just that I don't have an office and it's hard to find a
quiet place to work -" she said.

"I said you could stay," he repeated.

Vala turned back to the computer. "Okay," she said quietly.
He sounded mad. She didn't want him upset with her anymore than
he already was.

They worked in silence for a few minutes. Vala didn't want to
say anything wrong, so she just didn't say anything at all. She
didn't hear any noise, so Daniel must not be working at his computer.
More than likely he was reading something or working on another
translation of some sort.

"Maybe I could clear a space for you," he said.

Vala swiveled around on the stool. "What?"

"I could clear a space for you to work in here," he said. "I
don't use all of this space."

She smiled. "If I work in my quarters, I get distracted by the
television or my magazines. Sometimes even my clothing." She
knew she was babbling, but Daniel hadn't said anything substantial
to her in about a week. It was nice to hear his voice again.

"Just until you get your own office," he told her.

"Oh, I'm sure General Landry is scouring the base looking for
the perfect spot for me." Vala thought she saw a smile cross his
lips for a split second. Satisfied with that, she returned to her
work and he returned to his.

Vala sat on her bed reading a magazine. She had just gotten
out of the tub and was only wearing a robe. She thought about
putting her hair up in rollers when a knock at the door startled

Setting the magazine aside, she got up and walked to the door.
Opening the door, she was surprised to find Daniel staring back
at her.

"Did I wake you?" he asked.

"No, I just took a bath," she replied. "Come in."

He walked inside and she shut the door. "I owe you an apology."

"For what?" she said.

"The dreams you were having," he replied. "I didn't think -"

"Forget it, Daniel." Vala walked over to the bed and sat down
on the edge. "I understand. I haven't mentioned it to you in weeks.
I'm over it. Really." She wasn't, but she thought if this would
get them back to a normal relationship, she'd say just about anything
to him right now.

"No, that's not what I mean," he told her. "I'm having them, too."

"What? You are?"

"Yes, for the past couple of nights. They just seem so -"

"Real," she interrupted. "Which memory is it?" Vala got up
and walked closer to him.

"Christmas. Opening Christmas gifts to be specific," he said.

"That's how it started with me," she said. "It might turn a little
more . . . intimate."

Daniel looked at her. "It already has."

Vala was pretty sure she was blushing due to the intensity of
his look. "Oh."

"They certainly seem like memories, but I don't know how
that's possible," he said. "We didn't experience those years like
Teal'c did and yet -"

"I don't know how to explain it, Daniel, but it really did happen.
We spent a lifetime together," she said. Vala was just about to
reach out for his hand, but he walked away and sat down on the

"I thought you just said you were over it."

Vala sat down next to him. "Well, maybe over it is a bit of an
exaggeration," she told him. "I just said that because I want our
relationship to get back to the way it used to be before I -"

"I don't see how it can after what we both are remembering,"
Daniel concluded.

"Oh, well I didn't want anything to change in our friendship,"
she said. "It's too important to me."

"It's important to me, too." He took off his glasses and rubbed
his eyes.

"So, you don't think I'm wonko for what I've told you?" she
said. "Well, I haven't told you anything specific, but -"

Daniel smiled. "No, I don't think you're wonko. I never did,"
he replied.

"Oh, good, because I may be a lot of things, but I'm not crazy,"
she said. "You're going to remember a lot of things. Some good
and some bad. I don't want to tell you too much. You need to
experience everything for yourself."

"I have a feeling I will," he said. "But first I need to do

She turned to him. "What?"

"This." Daniel moved closer to her and put his hand on the
side of her face. He kissed her softly on the lips. "I think that
was better than the first time."

Vala smiled at him. "It's because I hadn't been crying," she
said. "But you'll have more dreams tonight and remember there
really wasn't a lot of crying."

"Or I could just stay here with you and we could see who remembers
the most in their dreams," he suggested.

"Sleep here? With me?" she said.

"Well, let me rephrase that," he told her.

"Sex? Yes, that would be fine, too," she said.

Daniel smiled at her. "No, what I really mean is let's try to have
a relationship. We did it on the ship for fifty or sixty years. I'm
sure it will be much better here on earth."

"Yes, cause there's shopping," she said. "Wait, what? Did you
just say a relationship?"

"Yes, I did," he replied. "If you want to give it a try."

Vala smiled. "Very much," she said. "Remember, life is too

Then she leaned into kiss him.

END (1/1)
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delorita: Daniel J profile
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Date: 2008-05-10 16:20 (UTC)
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hello there! I just watched Unending again and was in search for a nice story. I LOVE THIS!!! it is what i can imagine could happen after a few weeks! very nice :D
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